Meet the Village Nomad: Pictured on the can in all his nomadic glory is Richard Winkelaar, Alberta born and grandfather of our Lab Technician, Alyx Zeilstra. This photo showcases his nature as it was taken while hitchhiking on Highway 1A to Johnson Canyon Campground after Hiking Temple Mountain near Lake Louise. Richard continues to go hiking in the Rockies, often taking his granddaughters with him. His adventurous nature doesn't stop in his backyard as he has done hiking trips in England and Patagonia, and hitchhiked across Europe and the United States. His daughters have fond memories of him dragging them across North America on extended road-trips in the back of a VW van. Richard and his wife Kitty are often not found at home, as they are busy exploring and visiting across the continent. Richard serves as a reminder - heaven knows where a Nomad goes.
BITTERNESS: 60 IBU
HOPS: Galaxy, Mosiac, Citra.
MALT: Rahr 2-Row, Rahr Malted Wheat, Red Shed Kananaskis Malt, Best Acidulated Malt
The Village Nomad is our new full-time hazy IPA. The malt bill for the Nomad is clean and simple, we don't want to tread on the hops. Some Rahr 2-Row and malted wheat achieve this just fine. Some Red Shed Kananaskis malt was added for just a hint of complexity. The hops are an all-start lineup: Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra. The boil has no hop additions, the whirlpool is Galaxy and Mosaic while all three are added for the dry hopping. We didn't want to leave anything to chance, so we are producing this with RO water, as such we can build our own water profile, which aims to push the hops forward and not interfere with any harsh mineral flavours. The final character in this story is the yeast, Escarpment's Foggy London Ale. When fermented a touch higher than usual, we can get a nice fruity ester formation. Overall, the Nomad is not a light-bodied and sessionable beer for all, but it packs in the hoppy flavour you would expect from a hazy IPA.